Memorizing the Katakana/Tough characters
Several katakana look similar to one another and may cause confusion. These are:
シ and ン
シ and ン are well remembered as smiley faces looking towards the right. The one with both eyes is a shi (she), while the one with one eye has a nice eyepatch. The short strokes on the top slant towards the right, while the same strokes for ツ and ソ slant downwards.
ツ and ソ
ツ and ソ are well remembered as rating systems for waves at a beach. The short lines represent the rating (or people on the beach) and the long line the coastline. A rating of 2 short stokes means tsunami, and the people are running away, while a rating of 1 short stroke means soft or so-so waves, with a single person relaxing on the beach.
ウ and ワ
ウ, the umbrella, has a ferrule on its top while ワ, the flipped over wagon, does not.
ヲ and ヨ
ヲ, the 3 and World War I, is more rounded like a real hand-written 3.
ケ and ク
In ケ, the cane (ke), the second stroke which represents the hand extends over the top of the cane. In ク, the cup (ku) handle, the handle is nice and smooth.
Last modified on 24 January 2013, at 16:01